In 1899, the Camden community raised funds to create Camden Cottage Hospital. Known as ‘Edithville’, the Hospital was capable of taking on 12 patients, nursed by a Matron and supported by local Doctors. Three years later, a new cottage hospital was built on ‘Windmill Hill’, providing additional care for the growing community. This new 12-bed Hospital was established, supported and run by a local Hospital Committee, made up of members of the local community. Each bed cost 30 pounds per year which was raised through social events and donations.
The P.B. Hodge Block was opened in 1971, helping Camden Hospital grow to more than 156 beds by 1985. Campbelltown Hospital was opened by Premier Neville Wran in 1977 and by 1978 the hospital had 120 beds including a 10-bed Paediatric Ward. Stage two of the development was completed in 1984, increasing capacity to 279 beds. Other services including a free-standing Psychiatric Unit, Intensive/Coronary beds and expanded Maternity services were developed during this time.
By 1983, the Macarthur Health Service was established, made up of Campbelltown/Camden Hospitals and the Queen Victoria Memorial Home. Australia’s first Day Surgery Unit was opened at Campbelltown in March 1984, with new Operating Theatres, CSSD, a Paediatric Ward of 24 beds and Cooper’s Cottage Drug and Alcohol Unit opening in the years to follow.
Additional Operating Theatres and an Emergency Department were officially opened in 2006 to support the growing Macarthur Community. The University of Western Sydney Clinical School was opened in 2007, bringing together expert medical teachers and newly-renovated clinical training facilities to create outstanding opportunities for clinical education.
Campbelltown Hospital was recently awarded $139 million in funds to provide expanded, quality health services to meet the growing needs of the community. The Hospital is undergoing significant enhancements, including the construction of a new multi-storey building and will house inpatient wards, ambulatory, outpatient and allied health services, pathology and clinical information.
Existing buildings will also be reconfigured to expand the Emergency Department, Paediatric Outpatients, Birthing Suite and Maternity areas. At the completion of the Stage 1 Redevelopment, Campbelltown Hospital will include:
The Redevelopment will ensure the Hospital can continue to provide high quality healthcare to the growing Macarthur population. As well as helping the Hospital manage the increased demand from the growing population, the Redevelopment also provides locals with access to a greater range of healthcare services and will simplify the patient journey through the health system.